While the details are very sketchy right now, there was an extremely scary scene during the fourth quarter of the Minnesota-New Mexico State game.
With 20 seconds left and Minnesota driving for the potential tying score, Gophers head coach Jerry Kill suddenly collapsed on the Gophers sideline.
He was immediately attended to by emergency personnel, who treated him with an IV and oxygen. After several minutes, Kill was placed on a stretcher and taken to a local hospital.
In 2005, Kill had a seizure on the sidelines while he was head coach at Southern Illinois. The Big Ten Network announcers hinted that may have been the cause of the issue, although nothing has been confirmed at the time of this posting.
In addition to the 2005 seizure, Kill also suffered one in 2001 and another while taping a show in 2006.
For what it’s worth, the Aggies beat the Gophers 28-21.
And, suffice to say, our thoughts and prayers go out to Kill.
UPDATED 8:06 p.m. ET: The school has confirmed that Kill did indeed suffer a seizure. The good news is the coach is listed in stable condition at a local hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.
UPDATED 9:56 p.m. ET: Minnesota has released a statement updating Kill’s condition.
“Coach Kill has a history of seizures, which has been well controlled through medications,” Gophers team doctor Pat Smith. “There is a history of trouble with dehydration and heat seems to kick that up. It was very hot and humid today.
“We were able to give him medications to sedate him,” Smith continued. “He was breathing, his vital signs were absolutely normal and responded typical of someone responding to a seizure.”